After battling various injuries from the start of the last season, Samuel Umtiti is finally ready to make his return to the big stage.
Barcelona are looking to continue their winning streak after the international break. However, they will help from Samuel Umtiti this time around.
The Catalans are on a four-win streak, but it should be heavily tested today at Ipurua against Eibar.
This should also be a big one for Samuel Umtiti. The Frenchman had injury issues ranging from the World Cup in Russia.
The story of his recovery is complex, but it looks like he’s at 100% now.
Even though Umtiti was expected to make an appearance, only a few could predict he would be in the starting lineup.
After starting last week, Todibo didn’t impress, opening the spot for another Frenchman.
Umtiti will be paired with – you guessed it – yet another Frenchman in Clement Lenglet.
Pique is unavailable for this match due to yellow card suspension.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 19, 2019
Another returnee to the starting eleven is Jordi Alba, who will retain his spot after being out with injury for a month.
The rest of the squad is pretty much what was expected.
Perhaps the surprise expulsion was Junior Firpo, who didn’t even make the bench for today.
Blaugrana will try to get on top of La Liga since Real Madrid is two points ahead. Los Blancos are facing Mallorca tonight.